#1 Create a school schedule
I wrote about scheduling your homeschool several years ago, but thought I would share what my current schedule looks like.
6:00 Devotions, time with my husband, breakfast, workouts on certain days, shower
7:45 Kids up, dress, breakfast (my time for morning must-do’s or time with kids)
8:15 Chores and organizing
8:45 Chore checking and tweaking
9:00 Bible time
9:30 Classical Conversations & other memory work
10:30 Tutoring individuals
11:00 Language arts
11:30 History, Science
1:30 Individual work (my to-do’s)
3:15 Weekly chores
3:30 Individual work (my project time)
4:00 Outside play / free time (my project time)
5:00 Dinner & tomorrow’s breakfast prep
6:30 Evening chores
6:45 Family / Activity Time
9:00 Ready for bed & reading (my writing time)
A lot of this schedule is very close to what we actually do. The problem we have is with going to bed and getting up at the same times. We’ll be getting better at this soon! We have activities that necessitate a completely different schedule on one to two days a week, but this is our at-home schedule.
Real Life at Home’s Ultimate Guide to Homeschool Scheduling can help you create a schedule that works for you. Just remember that it’s ALWAYS a work in progress. As a result of heatmapping, I discovered that I was doing subjects that took the most energy at the times I had the least energy. Take your energy levels (and your kids”) into account when you schedule.
#2 Plan activities to make the first day special
I used to surprise the kids with new school supplies when they were younger, but I think I own enough school stuff to supply a small country. Last year I surprised them with a trip out for ice cream.
Heather at Upside Down Homeschooling shares her ideas for making the first day special. I absolutely love the idea of interviewing kids on the first (and last) day of school using these forms.
#3 Check school supplies
Remember what I wrote about having gobs of school supplies? That’s because I’ve skipped this step too often. To prepare for back-to-school, make sure you go through your stash. First, use a school supply list appropriate to your children’s’ ages. This is an example. Cross off items you have or don’t need and then see how many of the items you already own. The rest will be your shopping list.
Now that you know what you actually need, you can shop. Don’t forget office supply stores which often give homeschoolers a teacher discount and are much less crowded this time of year.
I needed notebooks and glue sticks. What do you need to buy to get ready for school?
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Here is the August Organized Homeschool Calendar and a list of previous weeks’ challenges: